Laura Kasischke

(1961 / Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Laura Kasischke Poems

1. The Pain 4/9/2015
2. Game 9/8/2015
3. After Ken Burns 10/14/2016
4. Ativan 10/14/2016
5. Hospital parking lot, April 10/14/2016
6. In this order 10/14/2016
7. Mushrooms 10/14/2016
8. Recall the Carousel 10/14/2016
9. Rondeau 10/14/2016
10. The Second Death 10/14/2016
11. Two Men & a Truck 10/14/2016
12. The Wall 10/14/2016
13. You've Come Back to Me 10/14/2016
14. Near misses 10/14/2016
15. Champagne 10/14/2016
16. Talisman 12/28/2017
17. The Cause of All My Suffering 12/29/2017
18. Ubi Sunt? 12/29/2017
19. Daysleep 12/29/2017
20. The Owls 12/29/2017
21. The Time Machine 12/29/2017
22. Champagne 12/29/2017
23. After Ken Burns 12/29/2017
24. Kitchen Song 1/20/2003

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Kitchen Song

The white bowls in the orderly
cupboards filled with nothing.

The sound
of applause in running water.
All those who've drowned in oceans, all
who've drowned in pools, in ponds, the small
family together in the car hit head on. The pantry

full of lilies, the lobsters scratching to get out of the pot, and God

being pulled across the heavens
in a burning car.

The recipes
like confessions.
The confessions like songs.
The sun. The bomb. The white

bowls in the orderly
cupboards filled with blood. I wanted

something simple, and...

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Ativan

That dream of a cricket
in the dark of the night
at the foot
of the gallows tree.

Virtuous
cricket. Little, hopeful
heart-
shaped face
lit up by the moon.

Little, hopeful, insistent
song
about the future
sung
to a hanged man's boots.

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